NW Therapeutic Massage

9216 Bay Shore Dr. #200

Silverdale, WA 98383

Phone# (360) 692-4111

Fax# (360) 692-4999

Hours of Operation

Monday                                      9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday                                     9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday                              9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday                                  9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Friday                                        9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday                                      By Appointment





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What is Fire Cupping?

Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the  target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. It is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the  muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.

Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in 70% alcohol. The cotton is then clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter. The flaming cotton ball is then, in one fluid  motion, placed into the cup, quickly removed, and the cup is placed on the skin. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is replaced with an equal volume of   carbon dioxide) and a small amount  of suction is created by the air cooling down again and contracting. Massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups (e.g. trapezius, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc.) in an act called "moving cupping".  Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed due to rupture of the  capillaries just under the skin, but are not the same as a bruise caused by blunt-force trauma.